Mirror Mirror

mirror“When I am alone in my room, I look at myself and I am disgusted.” If that’s how you feel you’re not alone. People all over feel the same way. We look in the mirror every day, and for many of us the image we see disgusts us. I never struggled with my weight growing up. I have always been skinny, for some people too skinny. I’ve never really been satisfied with my looks. Growing up my muscles weren’t big enough (I worked out all the time). Now that I’m older my waist isn’t thin enough. Enough. What an interesting word. Continue reading

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Hospitality Is Not a Virtue

I recently participated in a LGBTQ Pride meeting. I was invited by the president of the group to be a pastoral presence for anyone who might want spiritual guidance. Other than my new friend I didn’t know anyone at the meeting. I wasn’t really sure what to expect. A few people greeted me, and introduced themselves. Then we came to a time in the meeting everyone was invited to share their resolutions or dreams for the new year. I was surprised at the openness. Continue reading

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Before You Launch a Mid-week Children’s Program

I was new to ministry, and zealous to make a difference. I decided to start a mid-week after school program for children. My plan was to pick up 1st through 4th grade children after school in our church van and bring them back to the church. I knew the children would be hungry so I decided to provide a snack I prepared before going to the school. At this point, my wife was my only helper. Our structure for the program included the snack, a group activity, and a Bible teaching time. I discovered something throughout that first year of launching the program; Continue reading

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Captured by the Love of God

Here is an excerpt from the book I’m working on. The book title is Wide Open: a journey of faith through pain, oppression, brokenness and hope.

 

I have difficulty settling down. I grew up in an active family. It seemed like we were always on the go. One of my favorite destinations growing up was the river (it really didn’t matter which river). Canoeing, rafting, swimming, even wading in the water captivates me. It’s like I’m captured by the life of the river. I can’t help but be enamored by the current that carries with it the excitement of a grand adventure.

It was July, a beautiful time of year, when a small group of adults and teenagers went with me on a canoeing expedition in southwest Missouri. Continue reading

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A Call to Reconciliation

Underestimated! When Samuel went to anoint a new king over Israel David was underestimated (1 Samuel 16:1-13). David wasn’t invited to the sacrificial ceremony, even though his father and brothers were. There is no indication in this passage that anyone but Samuel knew God wanted one of Jesse’s sons to be the next king. The fact David wasn’t present when the sacrifice began indicates he was still a young boy. Jesse seems to have no idea of David’s potential. David was small and insignificant. Continue reading

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The Cross

It stands alone in obscurity. Seen yet not really noticed. One by one we pass by While the Cross calls simply, “Come!”

Come to the foot of the Cross. Bow at the foot of the Cross. Lay at the foot of the Cross. Come, simply come. Continue reading

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